An automotive battery is a type of rechargeable battery that supplies electric energy to an automobile. Usually this refers to an SLI battery (starting, lighting, ignition) to power the starter motor, the lights, and the ignition system of a vehicle’s engine.

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89 jeep cherokee will run but when i turn it off and try to restart it the battery is dead

The battery is still good and the motor will keep running when you disconnect a terminal. Can my alternator be bad? If not I'm also thinking a dead short? What is the best way to find out?
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Charging battery on BMW 320ci 2003

I left my BMW unused for 6 weeks. Then I started the engine for 10 seconds and turned it off. A few days later I started the engine and drove it 10 metres and turned it off. Then I attempted to start ...
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Battery voltage slightly low. Especially when the car's been sitting for a while

My car is a 2004 Mazda 3. This happened with the last battery I had as well as this newer one. Basically if I leave the car sitting for 2-3 days without driving it, it doesn't have the voltage to ...
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2005 BMW X3 Cranks won't run

2005 BMW X3 won't start after extremely cold weather. I replaced the battery and tried starting with spare key. The engine turns over but still won't start. It was running fine before cold weather. ...
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Using a car with an inaccessible negative battery terminal to jump start

When trying to jump start my Volvo XC-60, I came across a very unexpected problem. I tried to use our 2nd vehicle, a 2010 Ford Escape, as the assisting car to jump start mine. But when I looked at ...
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How can I test a car battery [duplicate]

I have a 2010 Volvo XC-60 that I purchased used about a year ago. Given the vehicle had extremely low mileage when I purchased it and was only 3 years old, I imagine that the car still has its ...
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Dead battery — is there anything else that caused this?

My battery went dead yesterday. I couldn't hear the usual cranking sound of starter. Just a faint click when try starting the engine. Replaced the battery, then all was fine. I tested the voltage ...
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How to maintain a sometimes-used vehicle?

My daily commute changed from 9 miles to 9 feet when I started working remotely. That means I very rarely drive my car much. After a particularly hectic month, I didn't drive for about 4 weeks and ...
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What happens if a dry charged battery is used without electrolyte?

I bought a battery today for my scooter. The mechanic fitted the battery into the scooter and it seems to be running fine. But when I noticed the battery's box later on, it said "Dry Charged" and on ...
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Battery light comes on after starting the car. How big of a problem is this?

On my way to work this morning, the battery light came on. I would say it was about 2-3 minutes after I started the car. My drive to work is only a 10 minutes drive, and the light was on the whole ...
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2005 Mercury Montego securilock appears stuck

I've got a 2005 Mercury Montego that wont turn over. You would think the thing is complete dead, lights don't turn on, power locks don't work, but the battery is full. What does happen though is a ...
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Do I need to replace a battery that failed once but now seems to be testing successfully?

The winter temperatures were very low overnight in the area recently, with a low of -8°F/-22°C. When I went to start my 2007 Toyota Prius that was outside that night, it wouldn't start on its own. I ...
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Is a bad battery bad for other components too?

I think my battery is on the way out - on cold mornings, it turns the engine over very slowly to start with, and takes a number of turns before the engine finally starts. This has been the case for a ...
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What precautions are needed when charging a car battery in an apartment?

Suppose a car owner lives in an apartment building and parks his car nearby. He wants to detach the battery, bring it home and charge it with a mains-powered charger indoors. How to properly handle ...
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Could less than optimal battery charge prevent starter bendix drive from engaging flywheel?

With a less than optimal 12.2 volts at the battery terminals and the bendix drive at the starter failing to pop and engage the flywheel, would battery charge be a likely cause of such a failure? Or ...
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How do you remove or even get to the car battery on a 2012 Honda Odyssey?

Summary How do you get to the battery on a 2012 Honda Odyssey, given that it is blocked by some type of intake tube**? **Edit: this used to say exhaust but I changed it to intake tube, given ...
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My 2000 Chevy impala won't start

At first when I tried to start it the lights came on and the check engine light came on but no start. Now I get no reaction at all. Need help
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Is there a risk of a spark igniting hydrogen when removing or installing a battery?

Guides to jumping a car with a dead battery commonly advise that the cable from the negative terminal of the good battery be connected to the chassis of the stalled car rather than to the negative ...
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Intermittent no crank issues

My girlfriend has 2003 VW Beetle (2.0L, 5-speed manual). Sometimes, when you turn the key to crank over the car it tries to turn over but then hits a wall. No clicking happens at all. It starts to ...
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2007 MKZ Engine Won't Turn

The engine turn has been "weak" the last week or so. This morning it was kinda cold and it wouldn't turn at all; I'd hear a slight buzzing sound and the dash lights would kind of flicker when the ...
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RPM and duration to recharge a battery?

My car had been sitting for a while without being driven. The battery now has a weak charge but it can get the engine started (barely). I would like to charge the battery by running the engine, but ...
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Battery dies over weekend

This is about my Nissan Altima 2.5S. I drive it to work and drive back to home every weekday. My workplace is 10 miles from my home and it's about 20 minutes' ride single trip. Other than that the car ...
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Can an improper jump start cause damage to the starter motor?

Can a charger pack applied to the wrong terminals cause damage to a starter motor on a car. This was done resulting in a loud bang, flash and smoke inside the vehicle. What other damage could have ...
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2005 Chevy Cobalt won't start, sounds like a machine gun

I haven't driven my car in about a week, and when I went to try and start it today, it would not start. It has enough battery to play the radio and whatnot, so I'm not sure if it's a battery related ...
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2002 Altima: Battery and Gas Pedal Issues Same Week

Car Info: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L with about 140k miles on it. The symptoms: On Tuesday of this week the car is in a parking lot, we return to the car, it starts and idles but when the accelerator ...
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2006 Mustang GT: Left car for 1 week, no power when returning

I went on vacation for a week. The car was working fine before I left. I came back and there is no power. Can't turn on headlights or unlock/lock with remote, and the car gives a clicking sound when ...
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Where is the battery located on a Chevrolet Cobalt and how do you change it?

I'm trying to get a 2006 Cobalt back on the road. It's presenting the symptoms of run down battery (Dim lights, time on the radio is reset to 12:00, won't start). The battery is original, so it's ...
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Is Start & Stop technology good or bad for my car? (Alfa MiTO)

I was recently in the lucky position to obtain an (almost brand new) Alfa Romeo MiTo, Progression. Like many new cars coming out these days, it has "Start & Stop" technology that turns the engine ...
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Can I plug dj gear to Pilot 2013?

The touring pilot 2013 can provide 650 watts, and has a 115V outlet. But can it handle a good 2-3 hours of djing or would it kill the battery? All together the dj gear may consume up to 150 watts
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Factory panic alarm going off after changing battery [97 Toyota Camry]

We just changed the battery in our 1997 Toyota Camry now as soon as we connect the battery the panic alarm goes off and all the doors lock. How do we stop this / turn it off. ///note: the battery in ...
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How do I know if my car battery is dead?

By mistake, I left the headlights on overnight for my Honda Civic 2008. 24 hours later when I tried to start it, the car would not start and nothing would come on including the internal lights and the ...
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Battery has a draw with key off

I have a 2000 Grand Cherokee, and I’m having 2.23 Amp draw off the battery when the key is off. Leave the door open 2‒10 min., and the battery is dead or not strong enough to start the vehicle. I go ...
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Battery does not work after servicing?

The battery of the vehicle which is working fine before servicing at an authorized dealer, suddenly stops working a day after bringing the vehicle back from the service center. I've faced a problem ...
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WagonR refuses to start sometimes

My Suzuki WagonR (2008) is about four years old now. The problem is that my car refuses to start sometimes. I doubt my battery is the problem and the history of my battery is that I have not changed ...
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Why did my car stall when I used the foot brake?

Preface: I drive a 2004 Peugeot 206, manual On the motorway the other night, one of my tires blew out. I managed to pull over and change to the spare wheel in about 30 minutes (having never changed a ...
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'03 Mazda Tribute needs jumped every time it starts

I have a 2003 Mazda Tribute. I'm not entirely sure what the problem is with the vehicle. I suppose it could be the alternator or just a dead battery, but could also be something more detailed. I have ...
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93 Nissan Sentra SE-R, replaced alternator voltage still low

My car died while I was driving it, but I can put the battery on a charger (or from another car, with jumper cables) and get it running albeit for a short period of time. I put a multimeter on the ...
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Car Battery won't charge after sitting for a Year

I have a main starter battery and a leisure batter in my van. They have been left unused for around a year with my van off the road. I am now trying to get it up and running however I am unable to ...
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Increase your Prius battery capacity?

There's a lot of info about Prius battery upgrades hidden in web forums, but I would like to bring some of that to SE. What are some of the easiest ways to hook up aftermarket batteries to your ...
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Should I turn off my headlights while having the car run to “defrost” while I scratch ice off the windows?

My 2009 Ford Mondeo Clipper has a very nice "Max Heating" setting, where it both defrosts front and back windows, and sets the airco to max temperature, max fan speed. When I find my car windows ...
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How to put 1997 Toyota 4Runner in neutral with dead battery?

My ’97 Toyota 4Runner with automatic transmission is parked head first in a small garage with a dead battery. I need to put it into neutral to push it out on the driveway so I can jump-start it. (This ...
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'01 Jeep Cherokee - Check Gauges light & low battery gauge

Bought my '01 Cherokee back in March & have had nothing but problems since; I've been slowly fixing them when I have the time/cash. However, this particular issue has me stumped (and it's happened ...
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What is the correct/factory wiring for a Suburban 1998 battery/alternator?

I have included a picture showing what I have now on this Suburban. Note that there is wiring not shown in the picture which is a second electrical connection to the positive side of the battery ...
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Dashboard lights are dim?

We own a 2011 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GTV. We noticed that the dashboard lights were dimmer than normal. What could possibly cause this? Would replacing the battery fix this?
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08 Prius, New battery. Still dead

Prius, 08, smart key. Dead on Sunday am --- nothing works. Put trickle on the underhood postive and neg to body bolt. Got enough juice to open rear hatch (and dome light comes on ) Replaced with ...
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How to detect a failing car alternator..?

Is there some way we can predict that the car alternator is about to fail in order to avoid a discharged battery situation on the road.. Although it will slow the sound of horn and will dim the ...
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Wet battery durability based on how we start a motorbike engine

I have a motorbike with a wet battery. I use its electric starter to start the engine. Is there any research done by others before to prove which one of the following makes the durability of the wet ...
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Battery shorts when key is turned quickly

My friend has a newish (~2009) Toyota Tacoma that apparently can short the battery when he turns the key from off to start too fast. By short I mean, when fully charged the truck will click once like ...
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Pros/cons of higher capacity car battery?

I'm shopping for a new car battery for 1998 Subaru Outback (2.5l). For the physical dimensions the battery has to match, I see some variance in capacity (Ah) rating, and in price too, of course. The ...
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Car starts with push start but not with jump leads

Perhaps somebody can identify this issue. The car is a 2003 BMW Z4. The symptoms are: Car wouldn't start last week Jump leads did nothing Push started the car in 2nd, engine starts. Took The car ...